Questions tagged [ethics]

On making a decision based on morals or common ethical codes instead of etiquette, rules, institutional or government policy, or technical or procedural reasons.

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Is there any ethical problem with a tiered grading system?

I am currently teaching undergraduate level courses in mathematics and engineering in a university in the United States. My university requires us to go through some training on how to make our ...
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As a private tutor, is it ethical to recommend the student take more classes?

I'm tutoring a student. Unfortunately he's not very good; for example, he has trouble with basic manipulations that one would expect a student of his level to have mastered. He scored 15% in a recent ...
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I suspect that my PhD supervisor is trying to push me out of the lab and not give me credit for my work

I just started the third year of my PhD and my contract expires in December. My project comes under a broader much bigger project involving 5 teams. I was the first one to be recruited on this project ...
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Contacted by COI PC

I have a little bit of a weird situation. In a submission to conference (which is anonymous), I marked a member from the PC as conflict of interest (COI) due to personal reasons (rivalry). The chairs ...
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Is it okay for a co-author to share an unfinished manuscript with others?

I am a PhD student, I recently sent a draft of a paper to six co-authors to get final revisions before submitting to a journal. One of my co-authors responded saying they had sent to manuscript to ...
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How can I explain the complex ethics of AI to third-year college students? [closed]

Recently, a decision was made to allow the removal of AI-generated content in response to a letter from Moderators at Stack Exchange. This type of AI-generated content is increasingly used in response ...
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To break or not to break with advisor at the end of a Ph.D.?

I am a Ph.D. student in the U.S. in my final year. During my 2nd year, I wasn't very excited with where my project was going, and I had the idea of adding a coadvisor to the mix, whose research I ...
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How to deal with possibly lazy authors? [closed]

Let's assume a researcher received a paper to review. The paper is decently done and it is composed of an introductory part (about 30% of the work) and a complex part (about 60% of the paper). The ...
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I reviewed a paper that was rejected, and the authors have posted the paper online without corrections. Do I intervene?

I wrote a thorough review that included many suggestions for improving the methodology, and criticisms of their analysis. Initially, the main problem with the paper was that the authors only reported ...
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What are academic conference centers doing to limit their climate impact?

This question is about what I call academic conference centers, by which I mean research centers whose purpose is to welcome international researchers for short-term thematic stays. Examples of such ...
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Is there anything wrong with letting people know I am anonymously refereeing their paper?

I've been assigned as an anonymous referee to review a paper submitted to a prestigious journal by coworkers of a friend of mine and have told him about it without mentioning the authors' names. My ...
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Ethical and Normative Aspects of Unpaid TA Positions with High Workload for Recommendation Letters

I'm facing a situation at my university that I'm not sure is standard or ethical, and I'd like some outside perspectives. In certain courses, we have about 60 teaching assistants (TAs), all of whom ...
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Ordering Co-Authors in a Large Research Team: Best Practices?

I am currently involved in a research project that has an unusually large team of about 40 co-authors. Given the extensive number of contributors, we are facing a significant challenge in determining ...
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In a grant proposal, should I write that I have a paper very likely to be accepted by a very prestigious journal? and how?

I am facing a problem that is new for me and I don't know to whom to ask. My current supervisor and I are very busy and we both have barely some time to discuss pressing bureaucratic issues and ...
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Supervisor does not want to contact reviewer after publication

At the end of last week, a paper I wrote (PhD, second year) got a Minor Revision (IEEE Transaction, TAFFC), receiving good comments from all three reviewers involved. Two unknown reviewers plus an ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to reuse exam questions annually without changes?

I'm facing a situation at my university that raises some ethical concerns and I'd like to get your perspective on it. One of our professors has a consistent practice of reusing the same exam questions ...
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Is Utilizing AI Tools for Conducting Literature Reviews in Academic Research Advisable?

Recently, I've come across various AI tools that claim to assist in conducting literature reviews by quickly summarizing research papers, identifying key themes, and even suggesting relevant ...
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Having a relationship with one my students as TA? [duplicate]

I'm a teaching assistant and the semester is almost over. I might be a TA next semester too. I like one of my students, but I think it's not professional to tell her. Is it wrong to ask her out, or ...
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Advice with finding and contacting participants for studying crime (interview-based research with ex-offenders) [closed]

I'd like to conduct a study on street gangs in the 1960s-1980s as part of my PG dissertation. Ideally, I'd like to conduct this as an interview-based study (like an oral history/criminology project) ...
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How can we identify and filter AI-generated statements of purpose (SoP) and recommendation letters?

How can we effectively identify and filter out statement of purpose (SoP) and recommendation letters that are generated by AI tools? The authenticity of these documents is crucial for our admission ...
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Why are Applicants Often Asked to Draft Their Own Recommendation Letters in Academia [duplicate]

As I know, it's not uncommon for professors to ask students to draft their own recommendation letters in academic settings. Firstly, I want to know how this impacts the authenticity of the ...
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Leaving paper before publication due to personal ethics stance

During my postdoc, I began to question the morality of a part of my group's research project. But I kept working on it, and a year later, we submitted the paper to a journal with me as first author. ...
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Handling Research Data from Iran: Ethical Considerations in the Absence of an IRB

Ethical oversight is crucial in academic research, especially when dealing with human subjects. In many countries, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) provide this oversight. However, in some regions ...
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Professional ethics involved with a neurodivergent club as a visiting instructor?

I'm currently a 4th year visiting full time instructor at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). I recently thought about something that I hadn't considered up until this point, which are the ...
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What should someone do if they find a similar working paper to their thesis after graduation?

What should a student do if they find a similar unpublished working paper (say at a recent conference) after they have already defended the thesis and graduated? Suppose that the other group has been ...
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Ethical question regarding authorship on CV

I am an undergraduate student doing research work for multiple PIs as part of an international particle physics collaboration. Although my work is related to recent papers published under this ...
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Using another professor's slides for my course

I teach economics at an Indian University and recently came across some good publicly available lecture slides by another professor (US R1 University). I would like to share the slides with my ...
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Seeking Guidance on Comparing Algorithm Performance Metrics in Research Compilation

I am currently working on a research problem where the existing literature proposes an algorithm that is tested on data generating 100,000 integer values within the range of 0 to 20. The common ...
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Can I publish a part of my master thesis without having my master thesis supervisor as a co-author?

I completed my master degree at one of the top universities in Europe more than 5 years ago. Me and my supervisor had some conflicts at the end of my thesis submission and then he was not interested ...
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ethics form withdrawn during the international research funding process

I am working at a teaching-focused university. Recently I secured some research grants from my native country. This small private research group supports early-career researchers and just sent the ...
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Is failing to cite similar work in a conference submission considered unethical?

My team and I recently encountered a situation where another research team, also funded by the same agency as us, had a paper accepted at a conference. Upon reviewing their paper, we noticed ...
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What should I do if I suspect one of the journal reviews I got is AI-generated?

I’ve submitted a paper to a reputable journal and received two reviews asking for a revision. One of the reviews is on-topic and helpful. The other, however, I suspect was generated by an AI based on ...
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How do I start a priority dispute?

I'm hoping to get advice on this issue. Here's a rough chronology: A few years ago, I published a method on arXiv and presented it at a few conferences. I tried publishing the work in a journal, but ...
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Forgot to give a copy of consent form to participants throughout qualifier project and dissertation data collection. What are my next steps?

I'm a 4th year doctoral candidate who recently finished data collection for my dissertation. However, I have some bad news that wasn't pointed out to me until I trained a prospective research ...
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How to mark paper as mainly my work before moving institutions

I have a paper that has some important work. I recently graduated and am about to work at a top 5 tech firm's AI research division. As part of the interview, they seemed really excited about this work ...
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Problems evaluating a system with unexplainable results

I am writing a master's thesis in a Machine Learning domain. I created a system and I am now testing it. I designed most of my system while validating on benchmark set A. The results are good and ...
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Consequences of publishing work using text from millions of Sci-Hub articles

I have a project that involves large-scale text embedding of biological literature. In this case, each biology article would be given a set of numbers (embedding) based on the text in the article. We ...
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My paper was accepted by a Journal four years ago, but it has not been published yet. They didn't answer my last e-mail about it. What can I do?

It is a very important journal in the field. My paper is a letter explaining that an article previously published in that journal had a mistake, and that the correction reverts the result. The paper ...
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How to not feel guilty when reporting possible misconduct during exam/coursework as a teacher?

I am teaching a small class in my university. This is my first time, and as I am still a PhD student and the university was missing a teacher, I ended being selected to present it. It is a programming ...
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Removing name post-publication (moral objection to research)

I've been struggling with this issue for quite some time. I'm a postdoc who recently switched fields. I transferred from a field that had numerous ethical complications to a field that has almost no ...
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How can I appeal an apparently unethical decision to take down a job posting early?

I've found a call for PhD students or data scientists at a certain university. The instructions were very clear that applications would be accepted until Oct 12th 2023, and only then they would be ...
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Student requests my presence while doing evaluation without grades

As a private tutor, a student has requested my presence during an evaluation that does not involve assigning grades. I'm unsure about the ethical implications of this. Could the community provide ...
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Is it unethical to change the affiliation of a published chapter from my PhD thesis after candidature?

I completed my PhD research at the University, submitted my thesis draft for examination, and began working at a company co-founded by my PhD supervisor. Before completing my thesis examination, I ...
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Is it unethical to use ChatGPT to create abstracts?

I am interested in knowing whether it is ethical to use ChatGPT to write the abstract for a schoolwork/paper I wrote. The paper itself is my original work. Is it OK to use ChatGPT to help with an ...
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What response is reasonable to expect of a school child in the event that they have seen an exam question prior to the exam? [closed]

It is in the news that a child was stripped of their exam result after it emerged that while reviewing for the exam, they had found the same question online. It seems that they were not aware it was ...
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Realized error in testing of machine learning paper

I submitted a paper in a major machine learning conference recently. The paper submission deadline passed ~2 weeks ago and the appendix submission deadline passed ~1 week ago. I just realized an issue ...
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What to do if a paper is going to be published with my name included when they ignored repeated measures?

I told these people there was not much to report about their data because they had a very small number of independent samples with a lot of repeated measures. Their measures were all categorical too. ...
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I feel so overwhelmed by my professors' work. When and how to approach them for undergraduate project?

I am a 3rd year Undergraduate Student looking to work on mini-Projects/Projects under professors in my department. I am interested in Signal Processing and Communication Systems, and while I have done ...
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Is research done by breaking copyright publishable?

I was playing around with some data that I got with a license not to use the data in this manner on my own time. I found some results that are better than those published in my field in a non-trivial ...
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How to resolve accidental double submission

I submitted a paper a couple months ago. I wasn't super happy with the results I published and ended up rewriting major sections of the paper (mainly for clarity rather than content). I got some ...
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